About Electroplating

Electroplating is the processes of plating one metal onto another metal by hydrolysis. Typically items are electroplated for decorative purposes, or to prevent a metal from corrosion. Many of our pieces are electroplated in either gold, rhodium, imitation or faux rhodium, gun metal and silver. 

Its important to realize that eventually, the plating wears away, depending on how the item is worn and how thick the plating is. 

We have a 12 month warranty on discoloration or tarnishing of your electroplated jewelry purchased on this website or through an authorized retailer and proof of purchase from the retailer.  

Products sold by Claudia Lobao typically use base metals such as Brass, Copper or Stainless Steel and are what we refer to as "Fashion" and "Costume" jewelry which do not consist of precious metals such as Gold, Platinum and Silver.

PVD Coating 

Some of our products are coated using the PVD process. 

Physical vapour deposition (PVD) is a process used to produce a metal vapor that can be deposited on electrically conductive materials as a thin, highly adhered pure metal or alloy coating. The process is carried out in a vacuum chamber at high vacuum using a cathodic arc source.

Claudia Lobao does not sell Fine or Precious jewelry.

Fine or precious jewelry which consists of precious metals such as Gold, Platinum and Silver can be found locally in your area by looking up Fine Jewelers. We suggest that you always look for local jewelers in your area, not only are you supporting your community but its best to establish a long term relationship with your local jeweler or Fine jewelry store.

When shopping for Fine jewelry

The Federal Trade Commission suggests the following:

Shopping for Platinum, Gold, and Silver Jewelry

"It’s good to make some decisions before you start shopping for jewelry, like deciding how much you’re going to spend. But it’s also good to know where you’re likely to get the best jewelry for the best price. Here are three things to do when you’re looking to buy jewelry from a store or online:

  1. Ask people you know for recommendations.
  2. Find out what others say about a seller. Type its name and the words “complaint” or “review” into a search engine.
  3. Find the store’s refund and return policies — and get them in writing.

Also get to know the common phrases and markings used to describe the type of jewelry you’re looking for. That will make it easier for you to decide whether a piece of jewelry is worth the price." 


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 Updated May 10, 2022